Microsoft thought about giving the original Xbox away for free

Microsoft thought about buying Nintendo and expected the original Xbox to appeal to casual players, according to one man who was involved. GamesIndustry.biz recently spoke to Lorne Lanning from Oddworld Inhabitants about the launch of the console - on which Oddworld game Munch's Oddysee was one of the launch titles. Lanning said: "At the time,…

Windows 10: All you need to know

Last night Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 10 - its new operating system for computers, tablets and mobiles. Here's everything you need to know. The Start Menu Is back Microsoft has widely chosen to backtrack on the mess that was Windows 8, and give desktop and laptop users the start menu back. This means no more…

How to use a Xbox 360 controller on PC

You've got a 360 controller, you've got a PC game - don't bother to shell out on a PC gaming controller or suffer with keyboard, and mouse - getting your Xbox 360 controller hooked up is a piece of cake. First of all, you'll need an Xbox 360 PC adapter - like the one pictured…

Microsoft planning an Xbox announcement for January

Now this is intriguing - Microsoft has scheduled an event for January 21st to talk about the consumer side of what we can expect from Windows 10... and also some news on Xbox One too. According to the Daily Express, which is uncharacteristically not writing about immigrants or statins, Xbox boss Phil Spencer tweeted "Before…

Is Xbox One getting semi-transparent tiles soon?

Could Microsoft be planning to give the Xbox One home screen a bit of a refit? Check out the above screenshot that was taken by one eagle-eyed Redditor named "mkmkd", who was watching a Twitch livestream by Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb and spotted the change. Notice how the tiles, rather than being solid blocks…

Panic over! Tomb Raider is only a timed Xbox exclusive.

If you're a PS4 gamer, prepare to breath a sigh of relief. It appears that the much written about Tomb Raider exclusivity deal for Xbox is only a timed exclusive - meaning that it should reach Playstation shores eventually. Speaking to Eurogamer Xbox chief Phil Spencer described the terms of the deal: "I have Tomb…

Snapping achievements coming to Xbox One

In the E3 announcement pre-show, in which Microsoft is producing its own bizarre "red carpet" coverage, the company has revealed plans for the snapping of achievements on Xbox One. The idea is that you snap the list of achievements to…

FIFA 14 gets World Cup mode on PS4 and Xbox One

Gamers were disappointed when EA decided not to release 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. So they should now be a little bit happier with the announcement that EA is going to update FIFA 14…

Watch Dogs 'sets record for pre-orders'

Ubisoft says the new open-world revenge thriller Watch Dogs is the most pre-ordered new game in the company's history. While its didn't disclose the actual numbers, the company said the game's "strong pre-orders are a clear indication of players' anticipation…

What will Microsoft announce for Xbox before E3?

Phil Spencer, the man in charge of Xbox, has hinted that we can expect a "couple" of pieces of news ahead of Microsoft's E3 press conference – so that's some time this month. In an exchange with gamer and blogger…